Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, April 4, 2020

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Mountain View News Saturday, April 4, 2020 



Educators saddened, yet ready to provide distance learning opportunities 
to all their students

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement of physical school closures ends 
some uncertainty about the 2019-20 academic school year as labor partners and administrators 
work to provide local districts and unions with a framework for their work on an 
equitable approach to meeting local students’ needs and establish distance learning plans. 
More information is available in the Governor’s Executive Order on the closures and the 
California Department of Education’s guidance.

“The governor’s announcement is not unexpected, and I know educators across the state 
are stepping up to ensure students continue to get the learning opportunities they need. 
This is a tough situation for all of us – students, educators and families. Many schools 
closed so quickly that teachers didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to their students and really 
help them prepare for this new reality. I have heard from so many educators who have 
talked about how their students cried on their first distance learning calls, simply because 
they were happy to see each other,” said CTA President E. Toby Boyd. “CTA members 
are working their magic to meet their students where they are. In fact, we’ve even seen 
caravans of teachers driving through neighborhoods to reach out and see their students.” 

Teachers are offering distance learning from their homes, working with their districts to 
set up distance learning labs, creating and sharing lesson plans, and providing professional 
development support to each other. CTA is providing teacher-led online-learning 
webinars to help educators prepare. Educators are also continuing to support students 
and families by providing pick-up meals at school sites and working with school districts 
to provide laptops, tablets and other electronic devices to students who need them.

CTA was happy to work with Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) Tony Thurmond, 
Gov. Newsom, and our labor and management partners on the jointly-issued framework 
to provide additional direction to address the unprecedented and myriad challenges that 
the COVID-19 pandemic has generated for school communities across California.

“The last two weeks have been challenging for all of us as educators, our students, their 
families, administrators and our communities as a whole. As we grapple with this new 
normal, we must work together with respect and compassion,” said Boyd. “The districts 
and schools that are working most effectively are those in which teachers were part of the 
discussions and involved in the distance learning planning every step of the way.”

CTA will continue to provide guidance to its local affiliates while working closely with the 
governor and SPI.

“We know there are still many unanswered questions for students, parents and educators. 
We will continue to work with Governor Newsom, Superintendent Thurmond and our 
education and labor partners as we now move forward with this new temporary normal,” 
said Boyd.

CTA guidance and resources for educators and parents are available at

Alverno Heights Academy

200 N. Michillinda Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3463 Head of School: Julia V. Fanara

E-mail address:

Arcadia High School

180 Campus Drive Arcadia, CA 91007

Phone: (626) 821-8370, Principal: Brent Forsee

Arroyo Pacific Academy

41 W. Santa Clara St. Arcadia, Ca, 

(626) 294-0661 Principal: Phil Clarke

E-mail address:

Barnhart School

240 W. Colorado Blvd Arcadia, Ca. 91007

(626) 446-5588 

Head of School: Ethan Williamson

Kindergarten - 8th grade


Bethany Christian School

93 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3527 

Preschool-TK-8th Grade

Principal: Dr. William Walner

website: www.

Clairbourn School

8400 Huntington Drive

San Gabriel, CA 91775

Phone: 626-286-3108 ext. 172

FAX: 626-286-1528


Foothill Oaks Academy

822 E. Bradbourne Ave., Duarte, CA 91010

(626) 301-9809

Principal: Nancy Lopez

Frostig School

971 N. Altadena Drive Pasadena, CA 91107

(626) 791-1255

Head of School: Jenny Janetzke


The Gooden School

192 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-2410 

Head of School, Jo-Anne Woolner


High Point Academy

1720 Kinneloa Canyon Road 

Pasadena, Ca. 91107 

Head of School: Gary Stern 626-798-8989


La Salle College Preparatory

3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 351-8951 website:

Principal Mrs. Courtney Kassakhian

Monrovia High School

325 East Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016 

(626) 471-2800 Principal Darvin Jackson


Odyssey Charter School

725 W. Altadena Dr. Altadena, Ca. 91001

(626) 229-0993 Head of School: Lauren O’Neill


Pasadena High School

2925 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 396-5880 Principal: Roberto Hernandez


St. Rita Catholic School

322 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

Principal Joan Harabedian (626) 355-9028 


Sierra Madre Elementary School

141 W. Highland Ave, Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-1428 Principal: Lindsay LUIS

E-mail address:

Sierra Madre Middle School 

160 N. Canon Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 836-2947 Principal: Garrett Newsom

E-mail address:

Walden School

74 S San Gabriel Blvd

Pasadena, CA 91107 (626) 792-6166

Weizmann Day School

1434 N. Altadena Dr. Pasadena, Ca. 91107

(626) 797-0204

Lisa Feldman: Head of School

Wilson Middle School

300 S. Madre St. Pasadena, Ca. 91107

(626) 449-7390 Principal: Ruth Esseln

E-mail address:

Pasadena Unified School District

351 S. Hudson Ave., Pasadena, Ca. 91109

(626) 396-3600 Website:

Arcadia Unified School District

234 Campus Dr., Arcadia, Ca. 91007

(626) 821-8300 Website:

Monrovia Unified School District

325 E. Huntington Dr., Monrovia, Ca. 91016

(626) 471-2000 


Duarte Unified School District

1620 Huntington Dr., Duarte, Ca. 91010



Arcadia Christian School

1900 S. Santa Anita Avenue Arcadia, CA 91006

Preschool - and TK - 8th Grade



Principal: Cindy Harmon


Guest Columnist


 Home quarantine due to the coronavirus has caused every traditional brick and mortar 
high schools to transition to online learning. Many students are able to get their class 
work done early and without outside extracurricular activities are realizing more available 
free time. 

How can one spend this new found opportunity? Parents, have you considered your child 
earning college credit by exam. The College Board( is one such institution 
that provides college credit by exams such as the Advanced Placement(AP) exam and 
College Level Examination Program(CLEP) exam. 

Modern States Education Alliance( is another organization working 
in conjunction with the College Board in providing resources to pass the AP and CLEP 
exams. Think of the potential savings of thousands of dollars in tuition money by testing 
out of college classes.

College Board is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to connect students to college. 
They not only offer college credit by exam, but FREE college planning services. Their 
“Big Future” page encompasses information about specific colleges, career options, finding 
a mentor, paying for college, etc.

Modern States, mentioned above, is a profit organization whose mission is to provide 
the first year of college for FREE. Their pre-recorded online classes are taught by college 
professors that prepare you virtually for all the major AP and CLEP exams which are well 
established and widely accepted. They are even offering financial assistance to pay for the 
first 10,000 students. It is $92 for each of the AP exams and $89 each for the CLEP exam, 
provided you go through their program.

Parents, before proceeding with this educational plan, consider consulting an academic 
advisor. It is important to have an idea of the possible colleges your high schooler may 
attend. This way you can research their school policies regarding college credit by exam. 
Things to consider in your research is which exams are accepted, maximum number of 
credits a student can earn through AP or CLEP, what score is needed to receive credit, etc. 
To learn more about these institutional policies go to:



The FREE market has provided new models of education which are available, accessible, 
and oftentimes FREE. It is important that parents do their own homework in determining 
what works best for their child. Let’s share these resources with our community. Stay well!


Denise Soto, D.O.



[Nyerges has been teaching survival skills and botany since 1974. He is the author of “How to 
Survive Anywhere,” “Foraging California,” “Extreme Simplicity,” and other books. He can be 
reached at, or Box 41834, Eagle Rock, CA 90041]

Over the next few weeks, in this multi-part article, we will explore what you should 
do, and what you should store, to address your health needs during spring and summer. 
We’d like to think that all of this is common sense.

First, let’s look at some of the reasons why there are less communicable diseases, and a longer life span, 
in First World countries, compared to under-developed Third World countries.

In general, the sanitation conditions that everyone in developed countries takes for granted contributes 
to the lack of widespread disease. This refers to piped water, the ready availability of hot water, toilets, 
soaps, laundry facilities, showers, as well as the ready availability of medical supplies and hospitals.

There are, of course, many ways to meet the needs of hygiene, from low-tech to high-tech methods.

Statistics from major world disasters show that more people typically die from the lack of sanitation that 
follows a disaster than the disaster itself.

If you go through your daily life never thinking about how we get all these wonderful technologies of 
modern life, then you probably are not thinking much about what to do if a disaster destroys your infrastructure 
that gives you water, electricity, etc.

It’s wise to always ask yourself: What would I do if I suddenly had no electricity? What would I do if I 
suddenly had to potable water? Etc.

I’d like to encourage a mindset of healthy living, all the time. That way, if your technological way of life 
suddenly came to an end or was severely restricted, you could continue with some degree of strength, 
competence, and normalcy.

Maintaining your health is always better than trying to heal sicknesses and disease. Make a point of 
identifying the “threats” to your health, both from within and without.


Let’s begin with threats from within –things that are within your ability to choose. When media people 
point out the annual deaths from gun shots or knives, it always sounds very alarming. But they forget 
to point out that more people die annually from automobile accidents. That’s right! You have a far more 
likely chance of dying in a car accident than in a knife fight or shootout, and yet no one is talking about 
banning cars. Still, you owe it to yourself to drive defensively and never drink and drive.

Another leading cause of death – which far exceeds car accidents – id cardiovascular disease, nearly 
always related to a diet of processed foods, as well as being overweight and not exercising. Ever see the 
movie “Supersize Me”? Just because a “food” is legal does not make it good for you.

Michael Pollan makes a simple – yet profound – suggestion in his “Defense of Food” book. He advises 
that if a “food” doesn’t look like something you find in nature, perhaps you should not eat it. His short 
summary is “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”

Try your very best to grown some of your own food, and to support local farmers. Learn to avoid those 
foods that are heavily processed, or contain numerous preservatives. Yes, read the labels. Many of the 
preservatives are outright toxins.


Though the body does need some sugar, and converts carbohydrates into sugars, we all consume way 
too much sugar, and the Sugar Industry spends billions of dollars to convince us that sugar is fine and 
not a problem for diabetics, and overweight people. Take steps to reduce your sugar content and your 
health will benefit. At the very least, if you’re going to store sugar in your food reserves, store one of the 
better sugars, such as honey, date sugar, and some of the “raw” sugars. 

The details about why too much sugar in the body is bad for us has been documented extensively. I suggest 
begin by reading “The Case Against Sugar” by Gary Taubes.TO BE CONTINUED